Sneak Peek: Isabella Cannon Park

Sorry folks, park's closed!

Sorry folks, park’s closed…the moose out front should’ve told ya!  Nothing like a good John Candy clip from National Lampoon’s Vacation to get your Friday in gear!

Well, Isabella Cannon Park is closed for renovations right now, but a few weeks ago I walked down with Ashley and took some pictures from afar.  Wow! The renovations to the park look awesome! This park (formerly Gardner Street Park) has gone from dark and creepy to bright and inviting.
It is located across from the Rose Garden at 2601 Kilgore Ave. The main entrance is at the Gardner St/Kilgore Ave intersection, but there’s also a stairway entrance at the Everett Ave/Gardner St intersection.  Just remember not to enter the park until it’s officially opened.  They are having the Grand Opening on Monday, July 18th at 5:30pm, but I thought it’d be nice to show you a few sneak peeks of what’s to come:

Lots of new landscaping with new activities to explore!

Looking down from Gardner St

A new sign for the park

The new main entrance walkway
New hardscape provides easier access

Early next week after the grand opening, I’ll post a complete review of the park.  In the meantime, visit the City of Raleigh’s Park and Planning website to learn more about current projects.